2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation optional in the Cherokee as “Superior.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKC doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Cherokee and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

Cherokee

MKC

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

166

377

Neck Injury Risk

37%

47%

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

241/259 lbs.

667/277 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

Cherokee

MKC

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

363 lbs.

404 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

264

338

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Cherokee’s reliability 20 points higher than the MKC.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.:

Cherokee

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

87.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cherokee gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

MPG

Cherokee

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

3.2 DOHC V6

20 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Active Drive II 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Trailhawk 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

3.2 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

MKC

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

2.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

Regardless of its engine, the Cherokee’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lincoln only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the MKC 2.0 Turbo.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Cherokee, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cherokee stops shorter than the MKC:

Cherokee

MKC

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Cherokee has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The MKC doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the MKC, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is .6 inches longer than on the MKC (106.5 inches vs. 105.9 inches). The Cherokee Trailhawk’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the MKC (107.1 feet vs. 105.9 inches).

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKC AWD (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Jeep Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 5.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (103.5 vs. 97.9).

The Cherokee has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room and 3.5 inches more rear legroom than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (54.7 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln MKC is limited to 3000 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Cherokee’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKC’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the MKC because it costs $428 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the MKC, including $130 less for a water pump, $23 less for a timing belt/chain and $885 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Lincoln MKC by over 9 to one during 2018.

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